Discoveries

By Marian Betancourt It was like being in a Thomas Cole painting, surrounded by the ancient mountains full of trees flaunting spectacular shades of yellow, orange and occasionally, a startling bright red, despite an overcast sky. As one of seven passengers seated comfortably in a large van less than 100

By Bart Beeson Looking at the manicured grounds and castle-like façade of the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec, it’s not hard to imagine folks in 1900’s-era attire disembarking from a steamship and heading up the walkway, followed by porters lugging steamer trunks full of luggage. The hotel,

By Monique Burns I’m in Suzhou, the cultural heart of China, only a half-hour bullet-train ride west of high-tech  Shanghai.  Led by local tour company More Fun Asia, I and four other women, including two New Yorkers, a Canadian from Vancouver and an American living in London, are exploring Suzhou,

By Mary Anne Evans The Isle of Wight off the south coast of England is famous for Cowes Week when the cream of the international yachting world descend on the island to compete in races that take in forty different classes. It’s always held in August just after horse racing

By Ann Abel For all of the buzz about London’s emerging, edgy neighborhoods, there’s still something unabashedly delightful in visiting the posh precincts of the West End. Among the poshest of them all is Mayfair—especially on the heels of a £1 billion investment by the development company Grosvenor Britain &

Story & photos by Kim D. McHugh The first burst of anti-aircraft flak hit the fuselage of the B-24 Liberator, sending seven airmen to their deaths. On its 21st mission, a bombing raid over Kassel, Germany, the bomber was hit three more times, killing two more airmen. Pilot Homer Still,

By Ruth J. Katz Legends take time to accumulate the burnished patina that renders them mythic. The glorious Fontenay Hotel is scarcely a year old, yet this shrine to the ultimate in lodging was the talk of le tout Hamburg before the front door was even unlocked. Touted to be

By Larry Olmsted In the past few decades, Las Vegas has gotten to be much less about chips and felt, and much more about food and entertainment. So, if you are headed to Vegas today, there is a very good chance you plan to take in a show, or two

By Everett Potter The name Airstream conjures up the legendary company that designed and developed the coveted “silver bullet” travel trailer that every hipster on the block would like to own. Airstream is still innovating, more than 80 years after their founding by inventor Wally Byam. The company has just introduced a

  By Monique Burns I’ll admit it. I’ve fallen head over heels in love with the W Hotel Suzhou, one of China’s newest, hippest and most high-tech retreats.   If that sounds surprising coming from this lover of crystal chandeliers, marble columns and old-world charm, imagine how surprised I was.  Suzhou,